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Sunday 5th May 2013 Almost as quickly as the job had become available, I had decided to throw my name into the mix, and they had decided I was the man for the job, then I had to move for a ten hour flight. Minsk to New Dehli, with a change of flights in Ukraine. The FA had offered to send their plane for me, but I would have lost half a day waiting for it, so it was quicker to jump on a scheduled flight. I was met and whisked to a city centre hotel, where I met the people who would become my new employers. The South Asian nation of India is the 7th largest in the World by area, and the 2nd most populated on the globe with over a billion citizens, and growing rapidly still. Cricket and Tennis are by far the most popular sports in the country, football competing with hockey for a top three spot. But this nation has never produced a global household name in the Worlds most popular sport. Now the hierarchy want to push the nation forward, and frankly, that is pretty much the only place India can go in football. As of today, with 208 nations officially ranked by FIFA, this nation sits in 202nd place. Only San Marino, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Laos and Somalia are ranked lower by the games Worldwide governing body. We hold just four ranking points right now, and to put that in perspective, current number one ranked nation Italy has 2,119 points. The FA of India has in fact been part of the problem. The nation that counts Pakistan and Bangladesh as it's most fierce rivals hasn't played a Senior game for over 18 months. When India were predictably, but bravely, beaten by Qatar in October 2011 in the First Round of the Asian Zone Qualifiers for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, the FA then neglected to arrange any Friendly matches. So the only matches the nation played in 2012 were the Qualifiers for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are played on an Under-23 format. With no football, India lost ranking points that were no longer valid, and tumbled down the rankings. That in turn led to India falling below the threshold to be included in the Preliminary Round Qualifiers for the 2015 Asian Nations Cup, which are in progress right now. That's a terrible mistake to make by an FA that always has been, and still very much is, convinced that there are plenty of young talented footballers amongst their vast population. At this point, with the domestic season just finishing, there are 924 professional or semi-professional footballers who qualify for India, either solely, or along with another nation. One of my main tasks will be to nurture the nations young footballers. Frankly, that is a job that will be delegated. The age group sides (U-23, U-21, U-20 & U-19) have been neglected almost as badly as the Senior side. Back in 2012, they did take part in the Asian Under-19 Championships, losing to Australia and Kuwait and beating Syria in the tournament held in China. The nation has a developing domestic game, the Indian National Football League is dominated by two clubs however. Mohun Began and East Bengal are streets ahead of the other ten clubs, and between them they usually hoover up most of Indian footballs young talent. A thriving transfer market sees player regularly move clubs for a extra couple of pounds a week, and not always for the better welfare of their careers. It's not uncommon for players to join less competitive non-League sides who can pay them a little more due to better sponsorship. The League operates a rule that permits no more than three foreign players per club. For a developing league that is trying to strike a happy balance, it could probably do with being increased to five to allow the clubs to try and attract more marquee players, and for the domestic players to have further opportunities to learn from professionals from nations with greater football development. Several clubs have not bothered with foreign players at all, mostly due to the increased cost. For those that have indulged in foreign players, they mostly come from African nations, Ghana and Nigeria featuring primarily. There is of course a sprinkling of Brazilians, like an Irish Bar, you are never really far from a Brazilian footballer. A few have now spent the five years required to be classed as residents in India, and as such can be called up to play. This is something the Indian FA have not really been in favour of. Well, I can tell you right now, it will be happening. While we are 202nd in the World and not even ranked high enough to take part in the Qualifiers for the Continents major Championship, we will be taking any advantage we can to climb those rankings as quickly as possible. With that goal in mind, I will be selecting our opponents very carefully. Special attention will be paid to the Rankings and opportunities to move past fellow Asian nations. We will be looking to move up around fifty spots to get alongside the likes of Hong Kong, Vietnam and Bangladesh who were amongst the nations who featured in the Preliminary Qualifying Round. Other nations to find themselves on the outside looking in like ourselves were the likes of Malaysia and The Philippines. We won't be going and chasing games against big nations right now, we'll be looking to match ourselves against nations we think we can beat to try and move forward, and hopefully install a winning mentality. Something else that the FA haven't really taken a liking to is their players moving abroad. That will also, I hope, start to change. Indian players becoming exposed to football overseas and improving their game would be of huge benefit to us as a nation, and those players that take the leap will find themselves with increased chances to feature in the International squad if they can make the move and get regular football. Right now, the highest rated player in Indian football is plying his trade in France. 6'4 striker Shafiqul Islam Chowdhury is a second string player with League Un club AS Saint-Etienne, and is a dual national. He is nowhere near good enough to be coveted by France, and the 19 year old Kolkata born player has been capped seven times at Under-21 level, netting three goals. There is another forward playing further down the levels in France, a defender in Belgium, one of the nations most popular players is making his living in Vietnam, and a defensive midfielder in Italy. It's not like we have nothing at all to work with, otherwise I wouldn't have agreed to come here. After an overnight in New Dehli, and a press conference to announce my appointment, a meeting with the FA sees the roles for managers of the age group sides filled. Finally, before I board the Indian FA's plane to head back to Belarus for Lokomotiv Minsk's midweek game, we arrange a pair of home Friendly matches for next month, both of which I am confident we can take wins from to get the ball rolling. We will play both matches in Kolkata's 120,000 capacity Salt Lake Stadium, first hosting Sri Lanka (199th) on Saturday 8th June, before stepping it up to face Thailand (115th) on Wednesday 12th June. Asian nations, much like their African counterparts, are prone to changing their managers often, including almost routinely after major tournaments. With that in mind, my time in India may prove to be short, and from a purely selfish point of view, I am here to attempt to enhance my own footballing reputation. If India's football fortunes improve as a direct result, even better. ----------------------------------------------------- Welcome, This save is now almost two years old in real time, and just short of five years old in game time. After success in the original part, where the fortunes of Northern Irish minnow club Lurgan Celtic were drastically improved, I moved across the Irish Sea to try and perform a similar feat with Ayr United in Scotland's third tier. Sadly, that didn't quite go to plan, as we were denied promotion with defeats in the Promotion Playoff Semi-Finals in successive years, also denied success in the League Challenge Cup with a defeat to Raith Rovers in the Final. A third crack at promotion was dealt a blow when the Scottish season didn't click on to the new campaign after 2011/12, and I made the move to Eastern Europe, where I am now in charge of second tier club Lokomotiv Minsk, where we have three wins from four matches in the early stages of the 2013 season. If you have not read the progress of the save, you can catch up of course if you wish, the links are included below..... Part#1 Part#2 Part#3 Now I have accepted an offer to dip my toe into the International game after previously rejecting offers from Netherlands Antilles and Liechtenstein. This thread will be updated as and when we reach International Windows, including squad announcements, match reports and anything else that impacts on the International Football fortunes of India. Grateful thanks to FMS stalwart writer @CFuller who used this method to seperate a joint save previously on these boards, and gave his permission when I asked if he would mind me replicating it. Enjoy the story, and as always, feel free to ask any questions you may have. ------------------------------------------------------
Updated for 19.3.0 Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong Editor Files Facepack & Logos Adboard XML Adboard Static Pictures Adboard Video Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) Mirror Site on Google Drive (limited daily downloads, no preview) Mirror Editor Files Mirror Facepack & Logos Mirror Adboard XML Mirror Adboard Static Pictures Mirror Adboard Video Mirror Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 693 images of existing players and non-players, 443 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials, and 96 generic faces. Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National League. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the County leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the domestic league. Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics. The youth system will see a significant number of usable newgens coming from the included school leagues. In reality, some recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be usable newgens coming from non-league and/or expat based local regions. Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flattens the revenue structure through a self-sustaining league position award system and opens transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs. Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files: one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4. Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the actual amateur leagues, of which I have included the most successful teams from The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive real estate market; land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents existing pitches from turning into a soggy mess and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality, is an impossibility. Facts Hong Kong, SAR Population: 7,392,000 Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9) Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good* FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172 FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145) AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A. FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/52 Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23 2018, HKFA site) Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League) Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt) CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players) CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players) Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15 *2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept Tiers (Actual 2018-19/FM19/Custom Gamepack) 10/10/10 T1,Premier League 14/14/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division 14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision 14/14/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference) nn/26/48 T6,(four amateur divisions) nn/11/32 T7,(university and academy division) nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions) nn/00/10 T9,(non-league) Cups National (in editor file) HKFA HK Community Cup HK Senior Challenge Shield HK Junior Challenge Shield HK Amateur Cup Clubs All HKFA T1 clubs are professional. T2-6 clubs are semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level. Stand-alone academies, colleges and university produce youth talent. A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs. A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. Non-league clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system. Cities/Local Regions Modified 234 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 62 local regions. The actual 18 HK districts now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora. Stadiums Only HKFC, South China, government support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs. Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities were converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added, reflecting actual building plans. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs. Custom db current stadiums, capacities and locations are here, categorized by division. The drill-down shows capacity, lat and long, and Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department link if available., Nation (file: 200 HKG Policies) Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 60 (same as mainland China) Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years Moves English to primary language and adjusts Mandarin proficiency upwards Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations Adds Macau as Non-Foreign Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation Transfer fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching Personal Taxation brackets corrected: 4,8,12k GBP vs 47,93,140k GBP in editor Actual 2018 median annual income is 19.4k GBP. Corporation Taxation Schema updated to actual CY2018 two tier schema Club (file 201 HKG Clubs) Installs League Structure and Cups Cups International (file:202 Asia Competitions) AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations) AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations) AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations) Officials (file:203 Officials) Reclass 83, Add 138 Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups Officers (file: 204 Officers) Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong (bugged, these are not appearing in-game) Coaches (file: 205 Coaches and 106 Reclass) Add 478 and reclass 103 Managers and Coaches to existing clubs and to new clubs in T5 and T6. All T1-6 clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping. Players (file: 207 Players) Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14 Players (file: 208 Players) Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12 Players (file: 209 Players) Add 1516 players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 10-24, Consistency 7-9 How to use the files The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 200 and 201. File 202 adds Asia Competitions and is optional. In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 208), one must install all prior numbers (files 200 through 207). The included facepack is sequentially numbered for 19.3. Road Map FM20 Update Hong Kong Facepack, review T1 Senior Faces Review possibility of consolidating editor files Review possibility of adding diaspora leagues culminating in Chinese Intl Cup Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future staff with faces Create transfer file for future seasons to compensate for foreign league poaching Update non-league clubs if time remains How to Install Download files from the main site or mirror site. Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS. -- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 19 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos -- >(program files)-->football manager 19-->data is for adboards video Install Editor Files Install ads.xml Install Ad Static Boards Install Ad Video Boards Install Ad Video Fonts (if necessary) Install Facepack (HKG) Sample of Static and Video Ads Install Cautions ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other challenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files. If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads. Link to FM18 version
This career is an attempt to recreate a somewhat realistic version of myself venturing out from Australia as an amateur, unlicensed manager: The available leagues loaded would all in Asia, obviously given the geographical proximity and all... There were a couple I didn't add, Indonesia and India off the top of my head, for no particular reason other than I didn't fancy them. I started the game in January 2020, hoping there'd be a few jobs knocking about. My goals are: 1. To win stuff as quickly as possible to build my reputation. 2. Getting my coaching licenses as quickly as possible. 3. Eventually get to a club big enough to win the Asian Champions League. 4. I would also love to be able to go back to my home team - Sydney FC - and win the A-League with them if that opportunity ever becomes available. Getting my First Job I applied for all jobs available, and immediately got two interviews from teams in the Singapore Premier League. Both offered me jobs weirdly almost straight away, and Home United were the clear favourite. A small transfer budget, but a transfer budget nonetheless! I also assumed that this would mean they might be willing to fund my licenses. I liked the ambitious target of winning the league every year forever, and hoped that implied that they had a decent enough squad capable of winning something. They finished second last year, but haven't won the league since 2003!!! Suddenly the targets of immediately winning the league forever was a little more sobering. The squad looked like this when I took over: You can only have two foreigners in the Singaporean league, and Home already had two Australians! Isaka Cernak is the best player at the club, while Puflett is the second or third best. He scored a great goal in real life on debut which you can see at the end of the video here: Cernak looks like this in the game: I was hoping for a little more, tbh.... That finishing stat of 4 is just woeful. But hopefully he is as good as his 5-star rating suggests and I can build the team around him and Ollie. Maybe the most convincing factor for Home United though was that they were already in the Asian Champions League! Yes, only the qualifiers. But I don't know how these things work! Maybe I'll be able to get straight in? With only three (or so?) days to prepare for the first qualifier, I was ready to get stuck in...
After a few weeks absence due to a few more health issues (I surrender Doc, if I were an animal they'd have put me down years ago), I'm back, and with a new story, which is the first of a few new story ideas I've got planned for you to hopefully enjoy. To make life a little easier for myself, this one will contain less in the way of match reports, with part of the work being done via links to screenshots that I will host on Imgur. Everyone knows that Asia is the future of football (Really? This brain injury may be worse than we thought - ED), and I want a piece of the action. I'll start at the bottom if I have to......yeah, actually, I will absolutely have to. More on that in a little while. So a whole host of Asian Nations have been loaded into the game, 39 of them to be precise, along with the Home Nations and South Africa. I intend to be very realistic when I apply for jobs at the start of the game. For example, I won't be going to Afghanistan, Palestine or Syria. If I had wanted to go there, I'd have joined the Army, not become a Football Manager, right? Look, enough of this 'me trying to be funny' and you telling me 'how much you're looking forward to seeing how I get on' and yadda yadda. Let's get this started shall we, before Harry Redknapp hears they sell scotch eggs on the sub-continent now and ditches Ant and Dec for a crack at one of the jobs I want! Now get lost, I've got a flight to catch! ----------------------------------------- Hi! remember me? Oh, ok then. Bit of a blow to my confidence. So I'm having a go at FM'18, and I have loaded many Asian Nations into the game. Don't ask me where I got them from! I didn't go around anyone's house or anything, I got them from t'interweb! As such this story is kind of a test run to check stability, though I'm hoping it will still make for an interesting story. I'm starting the save as I always do, with my experience set to Sunday League Footballer, and this time, with no coaching qualifications to my name either. Other Loaded Nations :- England (Level 10 - seriously, Tiverton Town or Hong Kong, you choose!), Northern Ireland (Level Three), Republic of Ireland (Level 2), Scotland (Level 4), Wales (Level 1) & South Africa (Level 2). Asia (Levels in brackets) :- Afghanistan (1), Australia (2), Bahrain (2), Bangladesh (2), Cambodia (2), China (3), Chinese Taipei (1), Hong Kong (4), India (3), Indonesia (3), Iran (3), Iraq (1), Japan (4), Jordan (2), Kuwait (2), Kyrgyzstan (2), Lebanon (2), Macau (3), Malaysia (3), Myanmar (2), Nepal (1), North Korea (1), Oman (2), Pakistan (1), Palestine (2), Philippines (1), Qatar (2), Saudi Arabia (3), Singapore (3), South Korea (5), Sri Lanka (1), Syria (1), Tajikistan (2), Thailand (3), Turkmenistan (1), United Arab Emirates (2), Uzbekistan (3), Vietnam (2) & Yemen (2).